Foreclosures and unemployment nationwide is having an exacting toll on the nation’s birthrate. Every month the number of babies being born in the United States declines. In the last year it has taken a 2.6 percent decline.
The decline shows the unease that American couples face in the current economic situation. Couples appear to be delaying child birth as money considerations take precedence. A strong focus has swung to contraception in the low to middle class population.
The current birthrate appears to be at 13.5 births for every 1,000 people according to the Huffington Post. During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, the birthrate averaged 20 babies per 1,000 people.
The lower birthrate may also be effected by a reduced number of immigrations to the United States in the last year.
Despite a gradual decline in births to younger women, reports indicate an upward swing in women over the age of 40 giving birth to children. The swing appears to have began in 2008. Many theories hold for this upward trend. Many women are procrastinating having children until they establish careers. The cost of fertility assistance has also lowered in the last few years and become more widely available. More successful fertility medical assistance has also show an upward surge as in vitro fertilization has become a more refined and successful technique.
The birth rate in such countries as Britain and France have been steadily rising, even surging. Britain has reported its highest numbers since 1973 for births within the country.
Many things should be taken into consideration when deciding the right time to have a child. Despite an increase in older mothers giving birth, the risks of having a child late in life still remain and can prove heart breaking. Older mothers should not postpone childbirth too long because of the state of the economy because even with fertility treatments the odds of conceiving past forty become dismal with each passing year. The increase in miscarriages in women over the age of forty rises to 50 percent or more.
Often couples must realize that there is no ‘perfect’ time to have a child. Despite the best of plans and financial situations things often arise that are out of a parents control. All factors should be taken into consideration when deciding exactly when to have a child.